May 18, 2011 7:20 PM by Greg Boyce

Horse herpes apparently spread from event in Utah

The Colorado Department of Agriculture confirms six cases of Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1) in the state as of this afternoon.

Five of the those horses had recently attended the National Cutting Horse Association's Western National Championships in Ogden, Utah.  One horse apparently received the infection from a horse that had been in Ogden.

EHV-1 is not transmissible to people; but it can be a serious equine disease that can cause respiratory and neurological clinical signs; it can even result in death. The most common way for EHV-1 to spread is by direct horse-to-horse contact. It can also be spread by contaminated tack, equipment, and clothing. In addition, the virus can be spread through the air for a limited distance.

The Agriculture Department also warns alpacas, llamas and camels are susceptible to the disease.

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